Gabor I. Keitner, MD

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Involving families in the management of perinatal depression

Depression evolves in a social context, especially during the perinatal period. Depression has an impact on the patient’s significant other(s) and how theyin turn deal with the patient will influence the duration of the depression and its likelihood of remitting. This presentation will review the role of the family in the course and outcome of depression highlighting the results from a recent meta-analysis of family interventions in the prevention and treatment of perinatal depression.

The presentation will also review common features of different family interventions with a focus on the Problem Centered Systems Therapy of the Family (PCSTF) the therapeutic arm of the McMaster Model of Family Functioning (MMFF).The broad principles and therapeutic tasks of the PCSTF will be outlined.

A case example of the importance of family involvement in treating a woman with perinatal depression will be discussed.

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